Santa Barbara

College of Creative Studies

Applicants to majors in the College of Creative Studies (CCS) must submit supplementary materials directly to the college, including a separate application form, unofficial transcripts from all high schools and colleges/universities attended, a letter of intent and two letters of recommendation. For students applying in Art, letters of recommendation are optional and students must submit a portfolio of work in evidence of talent.

The application and complete instructions are available online.

Applicants are admitted to CCS contingent upon being admitted to UC Santa Barbara. Students may apply to CCS after they are admitted to the university.

Contact: College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6110, (805) 893-4146.

College of Engineering

Only applicants with a solid background in advanced high school mathematics will be considered for admission to Engineering. This includes high grades in all math courses through grade 11 and enrollment in pre-calculus or higher in grade 12.

Contact: Undergraduate Office, College of Engineering,

College of Letters and Science

For the following majors, students are admitted in pre-major standing and will be approved for admission to the full major only after certain courses are completed with a specified GPA: 

  • Aquatic Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Economics
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Financial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Zoology


Admission to the major and to the dance technique series is contingent upon results of a placement audition held in late January/early February. Auditions also are offered during registration week of the fall quarter for admitted students who were unable to audition earlier. Students should plan to attend the earlier audition to reserve space in the program.

Contact: Theater and Dance Department, (805) 893-3241.


B.A. and B.M. program applicants must take a placement exam prior to enrolling in their first music theory course and audition before enrolling in their first performance class. Admission to the B.M. program is by audition; auditions are held the last weekend in January.

Contact: Music Department, Undergraduate Adviser, (805) 893-5672.


Students in the Bachelor of Arts program in Theater will choose a concentration in one of the following areas: design, directing, playwriting, theater and community, or theater and performance studies. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, selected by audition, will complete an emphasis in acting.

Contact: Theater and Dance Department, (805) 893-3241.